May 18, 2010 Great Lakes Ballast Water Collaborative Meeting in Montreal, Quebec
On May 18, 2010, the U.S. Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation and the International Joint Commission co-hosted the second full-scale meeting of the Great Lakes Ballast Water Collaborative in Montreal, Quebec. The meeting was attended by 48 U.S. and Canadian officials with nine additional participants via conference call. The ultimate purpose of the meeting was for leaders in the shipping industry, regulatory agencies, and ballast water treatment research to advance an ongoing discussion about realistically achieving the goal of protecting the Great Lakes from aquatic invasive species spread through ballast water while maintaining shipping safety and preserving the ability of coastal communities to conduct business on the Great Lakes. In addition, participants were able to share information that would assist Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources staff as they prepared to draft the Wisconsin Ballast Water Treatment Assessment Report.